that she was to marry John Crumb. Since that time
not a word had been spoken between the men respecting
the girl. Mr Carbury had heard, with sorrow,
that the marriage was either postponed or abandoned,—but
his growing dislike to the baronet had made it very
improbable that there should be any conversation between
them on the subject. Sir Felix, however, had
probably heard more of Ruby Ruggles than her grandfather’s
There is, perhaps, no condition of mind more difficult
for the ordinarily well-instructed inhabitant of a
city to realise than that of such a girl as Ruby Ruggles.
The rural day labourer and his wife live on a level
surface which is comparatively open to the eye.
Their aspirations, whether for good or evil,—whether
for food and drink to be honestly earned for...